MA in Islam and Sustainable Development

In partnership with the Markfield Institue of Higher Education, the Penny Appeal Centre for Islam and Sustainable Development is offering a unique MA in Islam and Sustainable Development.

Course Overview

This unique programme responds to the emerging sustainable development agenda, which has become a key policy determinant in many societies. The programme critically explores a range of perspectives and debates surrounding Islam and sustainable development in the contemporary global environment and professional context. It provides students with a critical understanding of sustainable development theory and practice, and the skills required to critically analyse and evaluate sustainable development research, policy and practice, targeting Muslim communities in a range of contexts.

The course can be delivered full-time, part-time or block mode.

  • Full-time: two days per week for two semesters and one more semester for dissertation project. Each semester is 12 weeks = 36 weeks in total over 12 months (Sept to Aug;  or between Feb to May the year after) – students will do 4 modules each semester (total of 8 modules) followed by a dissertation.
  • Part-time: as above but one day per week over two years.
  • Block Mode:  The eight modules are covered through blocks of teaching. Each module will be taught over one week. There will be a gap of 4-5 weeks before the next module will be taught. During the gaps between the modules, students will need to complete set assignments/examinations for the module taught. Normally block delivery can take around 18 months to complete the full course.

Course Content

Core Modules 

  • Sustainable Development: Theory and Practice

  • Shari’ah and Institutions of Governance and Democracy in the Muslim World

  • Islamic Moral Economy

  • Research Methodology

  • Dissertation (core module)

Optional  Modules

  • Islamic Microfinance and Entrepreneurship

  • Objectives of the Shari’ah: Social Responsibility Perspective

  • Role of Civil Society in Sustainable Development

  • International Management

  • Strategy, Change and Leadership

  • Islamic Education: Theory and Practice

Fees and Funding

The tuition fee for UK and EU students is £5,000/year and £8,000/year for overseas full-time students. What's included? The fee includes registration, tuition, examination/assessment marking and graduation. It excludes study materials, re-examination (re-takes), residential accommodation, meals, travel, graduation robes and photographs.

How to Apply:

Apply Online

Please complete an online application from the website (Or click the button above) mentioning details of your academic qualifications and outlining your motivation for applying for your chosen course. You will also need to include two references, one of which should be academic. Applications for the February intake should be received by mid-January, and for the September intake by the end of August at the latest.  If you need any further advice or assistance please email us